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Russell Brand

Occupation: Stand-up, Actor

Nationality: English

Born: June 4, 1975 (38)

Brand first came to public attention as the eccentric host of Big Brother companion show Big Mouth from 2004 to 2007, although he previously worked as an MTV VJ until he was fired for coming to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden the day after 9/11.

Other notable controversies from his career include 'Sachsgate' - his infamous prank phone calls with Jonathan Ross to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs - as well as his death threat-inducing hosting role at the 2008 MTV VMA ceremony.

A former drug addict, sex addict and alcoholic, Brand has also been cast in several major motion pictures including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek and Rock Of Ages.

He was married to popstar Katy Perry between October 2010 and December 2011.

The musician is interviewed by the New Statesman about politics. Noel Gallagher: 'Ed Balls can lick mine' Russell Brand tried to kick-start a revolution on Newsnight. Brand v Paxman on Newsnight: 7 best bits The comic guest edits the latest edition of the New Statesman. Russell Brand 'never voted in elections' 'By the Grace of God' hears the star talk explicitly about her divorce. Katy Perry talks Russell Brand split song The singer admits she spent weeks in bed and felt "shattered" following divorce. Katy Perry "f**ked" after Brand split As the scandal reaches a milestone, we look at Russell Brand's proudest, funniest moments. Sachsgate 5 years on: Why we love Brand True to its namesake, the album displays the full spectrum of Perry's emotions. Katy Perry's album: What's the verdict? Morrissey attends a nervous Russell Brand's stand-up gig in London. Russell Brand praises hero Morrissey The comedian's issue of the magazine will explore the theme of revolution. Russell Brand edits 'New Statesman' Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer star in the film. Diablo Cody's Paradise debuts two clips The 'Roar' singer says she put her emotional turmoil in her music. Perry 'was suicidal' after Brand split Featuring Kate Moss, Lauren Harries, Geri Halliwell and more... Russell Brand's rumoured romances The couple are seen walking arm-in-arm in New York. Russell Brand dating Jemima Khan? Comic speaks of a "nerdish, whirling dervish", so he is "eschewing all others". Russell Brand admits to being "in love"? The comedian blasts the relationship between politics, business and the media. Russell Brand: 'GQ Awards felt absurd' Comedian commented on sponsor Hugo Boss's links to the Nazis at the Men of the Year awards. Russell Brand Nazi attack at GQ awards A blog post alleges that Lauren Harries had a secret affair with the comedian. Russell Brand denies Harries sex story Russell Brand, Rita Ora and Jessie J are among the annual event's guests. Michael Douglas wins at 2013 GQ Awards The animated sequel overtakes Les Misérables to claim the UK top spot. 'Despicable Me 2' year's biggest UK film The singer describes her new track as a "self-empowering type of song". Perry: Roar is about my time in therapy Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody makes directorial debut with Vegas-set comedy. Brand, Hough in 'Paradise' trailer Liz & Shane, Brad & Angelina, Victoria & David and more star bottom grabbers. Celeb bottom grabbers in pictures Comedian will appear on this week's show as it returns for a third run. Russell Brand for 'Last Leg' appearance With Johnny Depp reportedly the frontrunner, we run down our six top choices. Who should play Freddie Mercury? The TV duo beat Russell Brand into second place in a new poll. Ant & Dec named top party guests Robbie Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Megan Fox in today's (July 23) celebrity photos. Robbie Williams, more: Celebrity pictures Model David Gandy reportedly says he is "single at the moment". Samantha Barks, David Gandy split? The comedian blames the media for motivating the number of complaints. Brand: 'Sachsgate exploited by media' Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna in today's celebrity pictures. Ryan Gosling, more: Today's Pictures Rihanna, Russell Brand and other stars in sexually suggestive T-shirts. Rihanna dons 'Slutz' crop top - pictures Today's celebrity pictures include Russell Brand, Tulisa, Salma Hayek and more. Russell Brand, more: Today's Pictures 'Celebration' singer and gay rights advocate reacts to historic court ruling. Madonna hails DOMA being overturned Clare Balding previously said that the comic had attempted to seduce her. Russell Brand on Clare Balding claim His concert at Hollywood High School will receive a special cinema release. Morrissey to release new live DVD Paul O'Grady's For the Love of Dogs tops the ratings on ITV. 'Happy Families' gains 500k viewers Comedian and actor also calls for more compassion towards recovering drug addicts. Brand slams bankers on 'Question Time' British comic was due to perform shows in Abu Dhabi and Lebanon. Russell Brand axes Middle East tour The comic says Kunis's ex-boyfriend Macaulay Culkin looked like a "shaved horse". Russell Brand 'tried chatting up Kunis' As Katy Perry reveals that Russell Brand divorced her via text, we look at more inappropriate dumpings. How not to dump: 7 cringe celeb splits The comedian took part in a memorable live interview earlier today. Russell Brand in chaotic TV interview